Lenovo has a new sub-brand launching at CES 2017, and that is Legion, a new gaming brand. This has been developed through conversations with gamers and Lenovo has a community of them that use their hardware. We are getting the first products from this new brand, both of them going after the portable market.
The Y520 and Y720 laptops are portable gaming machines–Both featuring a large 15.6-inch display. While the Y520 is the entry level model, it has some solid specifications and rounds out an starting lineup. The Y720 goes further with a UHD display and being VR ready out of the box.
The Legion Y520 is powered by up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor with up to 16GB of RAM. Graphics wise you can get up to a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti card. Storage is very customizable with either a 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD setup or a 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB traditional hard drive configuration.
A regular Full HD 1920 X 1080 15-inch IPS Anti-Glare display is on the Y520. It has Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium as well. You can only expect 4 hours of battery life from a 45 WHr Li-Polymer Battery, but then again gaming computers are not known for great battery life.
While the Y520 is an entry level gaming choice, the Legion Y720 is for those who want a pure gaming machine that is VR ready. Let’s start with the display; it can have a 4K 15.6-inch 3840 X 2160 display. This is paired with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 with PCIe graphics card. The Windows 10 experience can be powered by either a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor with up to 16GB of RAM.
Gamers will like that it has integrated support for Xbox One’s Wireless Controller, meaning you don’t need to plug in a dongle. You get plenty of ports; three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and a display port. You a Virtual Reality ready out of the box, and this computer can power it.
One thing in common for both the Y520 and Y720 is a sleek design. With a full black body that has a bright red logo on the top cover. These are not light coming in at 5 or 7 pounds, but they have quite a bit of power inside them.
The Lenovo Legion Y520 will start at $899 and will land in February. While the Legion Y720 will start at $1,399 and will land in April. I am quite excited to check out Lenovo’s new Legion gaming brand and hope a desktop offering is around the corner.
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